I’m sure you’ve heard some iteration of this saying before:
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
But this isn’t entirely true. Our words hold a lot of power – especially the ones we use toward our children.
The things we say to our kids – both encouraging and critical – shape the people they become and how they see themselves. Their self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth can all be impacted. And studies show kids who experience high levels of criticism are at an increased risk for anxiety and depression.
Watch my latest video below to hear more about the surprising impact our words have on kids and why it’s so important to be aware of what we say.